Crash driver almost six times over

CHRISTMAS is called the silly season for a reason and police were yesterday marvelling at the stupidity being seen across the Fraser Coast.

A driver who blew almost six times the legal limit was picked up when she crashed her car just metres from the Hervey Bay police station on Tuesday night.

The 45-year-old Hervey Bay woman crashed into a light post near the Golden Chicken takeaway shop on Torquay Road about 9.40pm, then allegedly ran away from the vehicle and hid behind a building.

Witnesses were able to identify the woman and lead police officers to her.

She was found with a 0.292 alcohol reading and she was also driving while disqualified.

The vehicle, a red Ford Laser, was found to be unregistered and uninsured.

Police have seized the car for 48 hours under Queensland hooning laws.

Later that night, a drunk man was hit by a car after allegedly failing to jump out of the way during a game of chicken.

It is understood the 22-year-old suffered multiple fractures in his leg after being struck by a Holden Barina on the Hervey Bay Esplanade just after midnight.

Police allege the man was walking with a friend and decided to play a game of chicken, where they would stand on the road way and jump out of the path of cars seconds before they were hit.

But one of the men misjudged and was injured by the oncoming vehicle, police said.

The driver of the Barina will not be penalised.

Police were yesterday investigating an attempted break-in of a Queens Road pawn shop, in which the would-be thief left a trail of blood from the scene of the crime.

The offender is believed to have suffered cuts after smashing a window at the store and trying to remove goods through the shattered glass.

The officers were able to follow the blood trail along Freshwater Street but the injured person was not found.

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She was immediately treated with anti-venom at the hospital.

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